Archive for October, 2012

Bit of a mash-up

Hello All,

Thanks for dipping into my blog again, much appreciated. I have been here there and everywhere over the past few days so there is nothing too specific here today, just a few of my favourites from previous trips out. I am on the verge of a card being finished, so hopefully you will be regaled by some images from my holiday in the Black Mountains, exciting stuff.

Just come back from Haverfordwest where I have been collecting money, or at least being nice to those who wish to donate, for the Poppy Appeal. We filled a couple of tins, even though it wasn’t too busy, so quite a successful few hours all told. The total is yet to be discovered! After that, I had the joy of shopping..I don’t mind shopping, but I DO mind those who slip into neutral whilst doing it. I’m all for lanes myself; one marked “here to get what’s on the list” and one marked “not entirely sure what they are doing and never looks around to see if they are in the way”. Not practical or easy to sign-write but valid.

Anyway to the pictures, firstly a sunset entered in the recent weather competition. I’m still waiting to see if I win anything but apparently I have to wait until the end of the month, but I have reserved a copy of next years calendar just in case! This one from my usual haunt but a nice watery orange, lasted a long while it did too. Very nice.

Very little wind helped keep this sunset around for a good while, worthwhile watching

Next up, a couple of pictures I took after a considerable amount of rain had fallen in the county a few weeks back, I went to my fave waterfall (where I had not all that long before been for a swim…very cold) to find that it was a mass of foam and spray, the most water I have ever seen flowing over it. Nice bit of slow shutter blur and hey presto, you have what you see below. Impressive…

Does anyone else think this looks vaguely tropical?

I also went upstream a little to get a different angle from the top…I love the water running out of the image in a white stream.

I could hardly hear myself think, nice view though!

Time please! There we have another post. Hopefully for the next time I post I will know if I have won a few quid in this compo, bit of a bummer waiting but like the saying goes, all good things. Maybe.

Until next time, cheerio!

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Long abandoned slate quarry

I have always meant to go to this place, I drive past it over the Preseli Hills on the way to the town of Cardigan; when you are more or less at the top of the pass road, you can see the excavations of the quarry carved into the hill near the village of Rosebush. I never really looked into how to get there but had a look on Google Earth one day and I’m glad I did.

The property is now owned by the National Park Authority but I suspect that it’s just in name alone as it’s no tourist attraction for sure! For a start you have to walk to get there and there is no parking which is a big no-no for lazy Joe Public…just look how lazy people are next time you park at the supermarket.

Overall, as you can see below, very attractive cobalt blue pools hidden down little paths are a boon for those of an arty persuasion. I thought this picture was nicely balanced colour wise with the lichen on the wall of slate too. The water looked inviting but I dare say it was like ice below the surface.

Anyone for a dip?!

Down the end of this path was even more of a surprise, a blooming great big ‘ole. The plant life surrounding it was quite amazing, ranging from little alpine flowers to creepers (the name of which escapes me). Walking around was a task in itself, as the slate was all very loose and I could see me slipping if there were damp bits here or there. There were loads of high ferns so I had to keep a beady eye out for holes too I can tell you! Although I like helicopters, I had no desire to be airlifted from one after plummeting to leg-breaking depths!

If you can’t work out where the hole is, it’s at the end of the low wall running in from the right. Well hidden.

So here it is, that hole. Impressive huh? To all intents and purposes, I guess it has its own little climate down there but, as you can see, the ferns love it. Like a very sheltered temperate rainforest often found in New Zealand….made of slate. Cool. If I were of a more radical persuasion I’d climb down. But I’m not and I wouldn’t want to spoil it. I will be back though, I’m sure, so there’s time for that yet.

Not deep by any stretch of the imagination, but I imagine it would hurt if you fell in!

Well, there we are for another week or so. Shan’t be on next week I don’t think as I am going to Birmingham watching Top Gear Live. May I shall post some pictures from that……

See you all soon!

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A close encounter of the blubbery kind

Sweet, the pictures have arrived. Again, great big thanks to the people at Celtic Quest Coasteering for the experience and professional leading of the small (but perfectly formed) group recently.

There were a number of pictures, but I have chosen just a couple to get the point across. Before I go any further though, I guess I must say that if you are local to this area or have a similar coast near you and are thinking of doing this coasteering lark, please don’t do it without a guide. But if you insist on being a miser to save some money, for goodness sake, wear a life jacket and tell someone where you are. As you can see below, the sea is not to be trifled with…..and this was a fairly calm day.

The first pictures shows the swell and white water after a wave broke into our nice comfy pool. There we were, just lying there, minding our own business but hey, that was all part of the fun. If you think you can see looks of mild panic scattered around, you are probably right, it takes some getting used just floating in a swell and waves when your natural reaction is to swim.

Woooo! Rinse please!

Now this second picture, this is a diamond. Hard to tell, but that is me under all the safety gear. In the Blue Lagoon (which wasn’t all that blue this day) we found a fan. A juvenile seal who was using the area to shelter and lose his white fur before embarking on adult seal life in the Irish Sea.

He was gorgeous and so inquisitive and got closer than this to others, even nuzzling one member of the group! You could almost see him thinking “strange looking seals” as he slowly swam around us.

I’m not sure who is more interested in who….

Overall, a truly memorable experience and one I would wholeheartedly recommend to anyone, even if you can’t swim.

Anyhow, that’s all for this week expect to say thanks for bearing with me for these pictures; back to normal next week and there’s a few pictures coming up of the Black Mountains too, after my recent holiday. Sorry for the delay, it’s taking ages to finish the card as the weather’s been awful of late there have been diddly squat in the way of sunsets to speak of.

Thanks again…see you all soon!

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I return!

I’m back from Abergavenny but I was clearing up yesterday as I came back to a very green fish tank, amongst other things, so forgive the lack of post/picture. Also things got a little derailed as I promised you pictures of the seal I coasteered with. I paid for the pictures but they haven’t arrived. Seems that The Royal Mail were slacking, so there’s another USB on the way to me.

Also, I have just got in from sailing. I was expecting a bit of a pootle around but was thrown at the deep end (pun intended) as we embarked on a race that took nigh on 5 hours. It was cool though and we came 9th of 12 boats that started so we didn’t completely bum out.

Once the USB arrives I shall post a pic or few. If not, you just get landed with my stuff. Keep this frequency clear!

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